Case Study Sector
Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are nonprofit, community-led corporations conceived during the Johnson era as a means of providing primary health care in underserved areas. These centers receive federal authorization based on findings of community need and, once authorized, are eligible for federal financial support. Once established, FQHCs also enjoy other federal benefits, including federal grants that average about one quarter of their annual operating expenses, enhanced Medicaid and Medicare payments, and significant federal discounts on prescription drugs. Under a directive from the Health Resources and Services Administration, FQHCs are implementing new models for delivering care to people with chronic diseases such as diabetes. Moreover, FQHCs typically house medical, mental health, dental, pharmacy, and sometimes other services under one roof, providing greater integration of care.
The emphasis on quality and innovation were just two of the attractions the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) found for helping to establish an FQHC to provide care in several underserved Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, neighborhoods. Opened last year, the Squirrel Hill Health Center (SHHC) represents a harmonic convergence of all of JHF’s interests.
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